Monday, May 20, 2019

Parojinog brother repatriated from Taiwan

TAIWAN. Ozamiz City councilor Ricardo "Ardot" Parojinog is captured in Taiwan nearly 10 months since he went into hiding. At right are the fake IDs that he allegedly used to leave the country. (Photo courtesy of PNP)

OZAMIZ City Councilor Ricardo “Ardot” Parojinog, younger brother of slain Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., returned Friday night, July 27, to Manila from Taiwan, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

Parojinog arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Pasay City at 9:55 p.m. through flag carrier Philippine Airlines flight PR 897 from Taipei.

Parojinog's deportation was made possible through the PNP's coordination with the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said.

"A PNP team received Parojinog from his Taiwanese custodians at the Pingtung County Detention Center where he served brief jail time for violation of immigration laws prior to his deportation," Albayalde said in a statement.

The Parojinog brothers were both tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte earlier as among the politicians included in the government's so-called narco-list.

The Ozamiz mayor and 14 others, including his wife Susan, were killed in a police raid on their compound for illegal drugs and firearms on July 30, 2017.

The councilor managed to escape. He was arrested in Taiwan in May 2018.

Read: Ozamiz mayor, 14 others killed in drug raid

In September 2017, Duterte offered a P5-million bounty for the Ozamiz councilor's arrest.

Parojinog would be temporarily detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, pending the court's decision on arrest warrants lodged against him.

Ozamiz Regional Trial Court Branch 15 Judge Edmundo Pintac issued warrants of arrest against Parojinog for murder, illegal possession of firearms, and illegal possession of explosives.

Albayalde said the PNP would ensure the safety of Parojinog, who will be subject to legal proceedings following his arrest.

"His arrest described in unequivocal terms the relentless campaign against illegal drugs and crime that we are waging to convey the chilling message of the certainty of punishment to all those who challenge the majesty of the law. The law will always prevail," Albayalde said.

"It is incumbent upon the PNP to ensure the safety and security of Ricardo Parojinog in the best interest of justice so he can stand trial for his transgressions," he added.

In May, Malacañang vowed to bring the Ozamiz City councilor to justice, if he is proven guilty of violating the laws. (SunStar Philippines)


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